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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – June 12th, 2015

Cayuga Lake: Trolling stick baits or spoons on the south end of the lake was producing a few brown trout and Atlantic salmon. Watch out for debris; we’re still getting reports of it around the lake. Lake trout fishing has been challenging, but look for fish in 50 to 100 feet of water and try vertical jigging or trolling. Yellow perch were being taken on the north end with small minnows.

Seneca Lake: There were some nice-sized lake trout, brown trout and Atlantic salmon brought in during last month’s derby. Lake trout were being taken by anglers trolling or jigging in 50 to 150 feet of water. Atlantic salmon were being taken by trolling stick baits or spoons, anywhere from just below surface to 40 feet down.

Canandaigua Lake: A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. Lake trout were still in much deeper water, near bottom.

Keuka Lake: Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in 110 to 160 feet were catching good numbers of lake trout. Tubes and fluke-style plastics have been working well. Trolling is also working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies in 100 to 170 feet of water. 

Owasco Lake: Trout fishing has been slow for the trollers. There were a few lake trout being taken in 100 feet of water. Yellow perch are still being taken on the north end on small minnows.

Otisco Lake: A few walleye were being taken by anglers trolling or casting after dark. Try large stick baits, swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tiger muskies.

Skaneateles Lake: Anglers fishing along shore were still getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow or lake trout. Smallmouth bass were also being taken near shore by anglers taking advantage of the catch-and-release season.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Look for walleye in the deeper pools; fish jigs or crankbaits. 

Whitney Point Reservoir: Crappie were beginning to spawn along the shore, with both jigs and small minnows working. Try jigs, worm harnesses or crankbaits for walleye. Bullhead and channel catfish should be hitting on nightcrawlers.

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